I am linking this post to Celia’s monthly In My Kitchen event at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, because in my kitchen this weekend, the theme is re-organising things, and it’s amazing what turns up…
In my kitchen… there are fresh pistachios in a pretty paper basket – bought from the market this morning!
They still have their furry skins over their shells, and when you finally get to the kernel in the middle, it’s a sweetly pastel pink and green, so much prettier than any of the pistachios you buy dried…
In my kitchen… there is far too much chocolate!
(this is, in fact, the newly-named Tray of No, Catherine, You Do Not Need To Buy More Sweets. Though, to be fair, the Easter eggs really aren’t my fault)
In my kitchen… there is coconut flour!
I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with it, but some ingredients are just too exciting to pass up.
In my kitchen… there is a fruit stand!
In fact, it is a cupcake stand, but it’s actually really handy for fruit – the wires mean that the air can circulate and the fruit doesn’t go off as fast. At Christmas, it becomes our Christmas Tree, with baubles nestling between the apples and bananas and apricots.
In my kitchen… there are meringues!
They are scented with orange flower water, and I have no idea when I made them, but they are still very good. One finds so many interesting things when starting to organise the pantry…
In my kitchen… there are three hand-carved spoons!
One of my distant cousins in Corleto used to make them as a hobby. I gather there are numerous spoons floating around the extended family, all unique. I think they are rather gorgeous.
In my kitchen… there is honeycomb!
The real stuff, not the confection! A friend of mine gave it to me today, and I’m very excited about trying it – I haven’t had real honeycomb before.
In my kitchen… there are dried chillis!
These actually happened by accident – I ordered a huge box of pumpkins, garlic, and assorted peppers a while back, and the box included about two dozen chillis. I don’t eat that much chilli, so the unused chillis have been slowly drying out (and also becoming more potent, much to my dismay). I’ve decided to embrace this, and have threaded them on kitchen string to dry out properly and be used when I need some serious heat in the kitchen…
In my kitchen… there are three new cookbooks!
I know, I know. I really don’t need new cookbooks, but these ones were birthday presents, which makes them totally OK, and not at all excessive. The German one is particularly exciting because it’s written by the cousin of my German penfriend, and has recipes from her region.
In my kitchen… there is far too much slice!
Because I’ve had to take cake in to work for several purposes this week, and on the last occasion, I got everyone else so excited about cooking that there were leftovers – in fact, the rice krispies are someone else’s leftovers, and I’m not too sure how I wound up with them…
In my kitchen… there are the spoils of my most recent explorations at Farmhouse Direct.
Dried fruit dipped in yoghurt or chocolate, and an awful lot of olive oil. What’s not to like?
In my kitchen… there are pomegranates!
And they are beautiful.
In my kitchen… there is Andrew!
To be precise, there is Andrew dissecting Easter eggs for the greater good. This would be right after doing epic amounts of washing up. He’s definitely one of my favourite things to find in my kitchen…
This time last year…